Law enforcement to increase patrols over Thanksgiving

Craig Police say they're beefing up patrols over the Thanksgiving holiday, as the Colorado State Patrol and law enforcement statewide gear up for this year's 'Click It or Ticket' campaign.

"We're pretty much working through this week," said Bill Leonard, Craig police's administrative sergeant.

Leonard said police will add an extra officer to work traffic patrol during travel days around the holiday.

"The officer will specifically work traffic in areas we've had speed concerns, or radar enforcement along high-traffic areas," he said.

Leonard said the department is participating in this year's effort because of the shear volume of motorists expected on roads. Increased DUI enforcement or sobriety checkpoints aren't planned, he said.

"It has not been one of our high-stress holidays," Leonard said.

Fines for motorists not wearing seatbelts vary according to passengers' location in a vehicle and age, said Gary Torgerson, a captain with the Colorado State Patrol's Craig-based Troop 4B.

Under-17 drivers face $39 fines as well as two points tacked onto licenses, while adults could receive $17 tickets. Children riding without childseats or proper restraints can lead to $56 fines for parents, Torgerson said.

The local troop has been allotted 36 hours of overtime to supplement typical eight-hour shifts, which include three-and-a-half patrolmen, he said

"It started Nov. 25 and will end Dec. 1," said Torgerson, whose troop covers Moffat, Routt, Grand, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties.

Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said his department isn't planning increased patrols.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 to at pshockley@craigdailypress.com

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